Industrial Growth in Africa

Industrial Growth in Africa

Industrial Growth in Africa

Industrial Growth in Africa

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For a number of reasons, which in the last analysis boil down to shortage of staff, the Economic Commission for Africa made a late start in its work on industrialization. The Commission, at its fourth session, adopted a resolution (43(IV)) setting up a Standing Committee on Industry and Natural Resources. The resolution was in the first place an expression of the strong desire of African governments that high priority should be given in the Commission's work programme to activities on natural resources and industrialization.

This study is a first response to the resolution. Its preliminary version was prepared for the first meeting of the Standing Committee, which was held in Addis Ababa in December 1962. It was intended as no more than a working paper for the Committee. Despite its wide range, its limitations are evident. There are serious deficiencies in both the coverage and quality of the statistics available. Deliberate risks have therefore been taken in the statistical analysis. While the Division of the secretariat responsible for it has now been largely built up, the forces available at the time when the study was prepared were limited and there was little opportunity for enquiry in the field. There is a deliberate concentration on long-range perspectives and the need to develop new strategic modern industries on a regional or sub-regional basis. But this does not mean that the importance of pressing ahead with small and medium-scale industry is not fully recognized. The study's basic objectives are two-fold: to survey broadly trends in industrialization and draw attention to the vast, concrete possibilities of industrial development in Africa in the next decade; and secondly, to show in broad outline the far-reaching programme of work now being undertaken by ECA.

Originally, there was no intention to revise and publish the study. But the ECA Standing Committee on Industry and Natural Resources, although recognizing its limited and preliminary . . .

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